The point of this post is to facilitate discussion, so please leave a comment. I would really like to know what you all think.
**For those of you who don't know, sulfates (or sulphates) are inexpensive detergents that help products create a lather. They are commonly used in shampoo, body wash, and other cleansing products.
Up until a few months ago, I paid very little attention to the ingredients in the beauty products that I used. I worked under the assumption that if it was allowed to be released on the market, then it was fine to use - I know, a poor excuse to be an uneducated consumer.
My path to looking at specific ingredients started shallowly enough - I tried a sulfate-free shampoo per someones suggestion and was impressed with its performance. This spurred me to do a quick web search on sulfates and almost all results were people saying the chemical is awful.
I already had quite a bit of face wash, body wash, and the like stored in my bathroom cabinet, so fearfully, I went to do ingredient list checks on them all. Sulfates were in almost every product... and often the second ingredient (after water)! Blah. I didn't want to throw out all of these things - that would seem a waste, but I decided to phase out sulfates - or at least greatly diminish the amount I'm exposed to - by using up what I do have and bringing in sulfate-free products.
But a few days ago I realized, I don't really know why I'm avoiding them. What, scientifically, do they do to our skin, bodies, and whatnot. For as many results that google will come up with for sulfates, it is difficult to find any empirical research proving or disproving their harm (I want a data chart!).
Whenever I do find worthwhile information, I will be sure to post on it.
However, what I want to know here is -
What do you think about sulfates? Do you try to avoid them or are you indifferent to them? Do you think companies would be allowed to use them in products if they could cause harm?